Put your Best Fork Forward

I love this years National Nutrition Month Theme!! Put your best for forward!! We all need that boost of I CAN now and then and when this month rolls around it gives me the does in a big way. So many great messages coming to my in box with many great ideas and reminders on how to live a healthier life.

I feel like we had the longest winter ever here in Idaho and the part we live in normally does not get very much snow. This year we had something like 10 snow days due to the bad weather. Because we normally do not get much our cities were not prepared and it took weeks to get dug out of the big snow as I call it. It’s so nice to see spring coming in and the weather start to change. I am looking forward to starting to getting my exercise outside and enjoying the beauty of spring. Below is a of healthy snacks vs unhealthy snack choices. We all can use a reminder on this.

 

Exercise Does Help Ease Depression!

When I was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes I was in shock!!  I thought how did I get here.  Well the truth is I lost who I was.  Being Mom and wife always came first and I left myself for last.  Those words from the Dr.  You have Type 2 diabetes did something to my soul.  It put prospective into my life and made me realize that I am no good to others if I don’t first take care of myself.  Struggling from loss and miscarriage through the years made me realize what depression really was.  Many suffer from it.  I don’t know that when I had it that I actually knew I had it but looking back I had all the symptoms.  As I got that diagnosis and started to exercise life changed.  It wasn’t all about what was happening to my body on the outside it was what was happening to my soul and my brain.  Endorphin’s released from exercise can help with depression and that is why I was feeling so good.  It took years for the weight to all come off but what I felt along the way was why I kept exercising!!   I have posted this before but this graphic really helps you realize the benefits of exercise.

Exercise the natural AntidepressantSo if your not already exercising give it a try!! You will notice a difference!!

 

Jill Knapp

Why we should limit our sugar intake!!


That sugar film

Inforgraphic Credit: The Sugar Film

Having type 2 diabetes I know the importance of limiting sugar. I just wish I was better to my body before diagnosis. Now I am a advocate trying to help others gain better health before a diagnosis comes. If we can do anything to help not get a health condition and on this list there are many it would be so much better to start being better to ourselves so we don’t have to get any diagnosis.
 
No type 2 diabetes is not always caused by lifestyle in fact many have it passed down from generation to generation. I know for fact have mine was caused by lifestyle. Still to this day I have to watch every little thing . When I eat bad it affects my #Diabetes.
 
Many are addicted to sugar and once they give it up like I did they feel great. I love how I feel not having it in my life. I just feel better. It does aid in causing depression and I know that the times I have had loss in my life and turned to the sugar it just made me more sad and upset so I try my best when loss comes to do the opposite. Exercise and not eat sugar!! That is a natural antidepressant. Now I occ eat sugar but I just don’t eat it often. We all know our own bodies best and our own limits and so you know what you need to do it’s just a matter of doing it and putting hard work and effort into living a healthier life. I love this inforgraphic and will have to share it!! #diabetes #livingwithdiabetes #sugardetox

Spring cleaning burns calories

spring cleaning counts

Burn some calories while you shape up your home.

HAPPY SPRING!!

It’s that time of year where you get the itch to put some order into your home. Doctors believe that even with short bouts of mild exercise can help improve your fitness level. So yes chores around your house and gardening can burn calories along with stretching and toning your muscles.

All though its not likely to give you a perfect swimsuit body doing some sort of moderate activity for 30 minutes or more ever day can bring some real health benefits. Now if you add the 30 min you spend doing exercising like walking or biking to your 30 minutes of doing chores you are getting a full hour of exercise. If your trying to lose weight it is recommended that you get 6o minutes a day of exercise. Yeah!!

A person that is 150 pounds here are the number break down for calories burned every 30 min.

Activity: with Calories Burned every 30 min
My Number 1 favorite thing about cleaning is vacuuming!! It burns: 130
Washing windows: 100
Washing dishes: 75
Washing the car: 155
Moping the floor: 155
Dusting: 85
Gardening: 184
Doing the laundry: 75
Mowing the lawn: 152
Weeding the yard: 155

These are just to name a few, So hop to it! Cleaning counts!

3 tips to “GET UP and Get Moving”

get moving

3 Tips to get you moving and making exercise a part of YOUR LIFE!!!!!

1. Don’t Think!!  JUST DO!!

Don’t just sit around thinking about exercising.  Get Up and Get Moving!!  Do it!!  Words are Words!!  Put action to those words and get moving!

2. Do It For YOURSELF!!!!

Don’t do it for Grandma, Dad, Hubby, Do it for yourself!!  You will most likely make this goal of getting exercise apart of your life if you do it for yourself.  Sure you can make doing it for your family because you want to live along life with them apart of the reason you want to get in shape.  BUT do this for YOU!!   YOU deserve it and if you can take the time make a vision board to inspire you so on the days you don’t want to get out of bed you can look at it and remember this is for you!!  To better YOU, your life, your health!!

3. Mix It UP!!!

Do all kinds of exercise.  Don’t get yourself board by doing the same thing everyday.  Walk, Take group fitness classes,  Run on the beach,  Do some weight lifting at the gym,  Do a fun out door boot camp class.  MIX it up and keep it fresh.  Locally we have Nampa Fit Studio!!  

They have all kinds of great classes from BodyPump with weights to Zumba!!   So get in and come have some fun!!

 

 

 

 

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